What 50 Years of Hurricane Data Still Hasn’t Told Us

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In case you haven’t noticed, the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season has been pretty tame, thank goodness

Given that roughly 60% of Atlantic tropical cyclones since 1950 have occurred in August and September, and that we’re coming off of three seasons with twelve, seven and ten hurricanes, respectively, this year’s measly two hurricanes is puzzling.

“This year we didn’t even get a category two hurricane,” says Dr. Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at Weather Underground. “That’s really rare. You have to go back to, I think, 1968 to see a season when we didn’t even have a category two hurricane. Very unusual.” Read more…

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